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10 April 2010

Savannah Doctor Announces Candidacy For State House District 163

With state Representative Burke Day (R - Tybee) announcing that he would not seek re-election this fall, candidates are coming out of the woodwork to replace Day in the Georgia General Assembly.

Savannah doctor Ben Watson announced Friday that he will be a candidate for State Representative, district 163. Below is the press release announcing Watson's candidacy:

Savannah physician Ben Watson announced Friday that he will be a candidate for State Representative, district 163. Watson is a Republican seeking the open seat of retiring Rep. Burke Day.

"Our community is extremely concerned about the state of affairs in government. We need good conservatives who are willing to stand up and change things. That's exactly what I intend to do as State Representative."

“It’s a sad state of affairs that some of the most important discussions on health care are being made in the legislature rather than the exam room, but that is where we find ourselves,” said Watson. “From the government takeover of medicine coming out of Washington to the budget crisis in Atlanta, it concerns me that those debating the issue have little practical experience in the field.”

With the retirement this year of State Senator Don Thomas (R-Dalton), the legislature is set to lose its only practicing physician at the end of the current session.

In addition to health care, education and job creation top Watson’s concerns for the district that encompasses the islands and eastern Chatham County.

“We must get Georgians back to work,” Watson said. “To do so, government needs to get out of the way and quit changing the playing field. Our state should take the lead in providing certainty to small business and becoming the model for growth through targeted tax and regulatory relief. We must also seek to provide business with an educated and prepared work force. This generation isn’t competing against those from across the state. They are competing against those from across the world.”

Watson has served as a primary care physician in Savannah since completing his residency at Memorial Medical Center in 1988. A native of Twin City, Georgia, Watson is a graduate of Emanuel County Institute, the University of Georgia and Medical College of Georgia. Ben and his wife Bernice, a Savannah-Chatham Public School teacher, live at Isle of Hope with their three sons.